Welcome to an adventure-packed long weekend — and the official beginning of the holiday season — in Philadelphia.

The weekend kicks off with one of the city’s (and the country’s) top traditions: the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving parade that marks its 100th event this year. Attendees on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway can look forward to floats, celebrity guests and more fun on Thursday morning.

The weekend gets busier from there, starting with the opening of the Comcast Holiday Spectacular video display and Christmas Village in Philadelphia at LOVE Park on Thursday. Pro tip: Don’t miss the new-this-year 65-foot-tall Ferris wheel on the north side of City Hall.

Friday ushers in a brand-new season at Blue Cross River Rink Winterfest for those who love to ice skate or chill in the ski chalet-style lodge. Plus, the Macy’s Christmas Light Show makes its annual debut and Christmas Underwater gets underway at the Adventure Aquarium.

Small Business Saturday brings the launch of Holidays in Old City, plus tons of pop-up markets offering tax-free shopping.

The festivities continue on Sunday with two holiday performances by The Philly POPS featuring special guests Tituss Burgess and Mandy Gonzales.

Book the perks-packed Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for an easy start to the long weekend. Valued at more than $200, the package is a great base itinerary featuring free hotel parking and other goodies that make exploring the city even easier.

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Read on for our guide to this weekend in Philadelphia.

Guide to Tree Lightings in Philadelphia

(Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Trees around the city are aglow and on Friday, Roxborough, Doylestown and Media light their evergreens for the first time this season…

The 100th running of America’s first Thanksgiving Day parade wows crowds with Disney characters, fancy floats, giant balloons, marching bands and other festive entertainment along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Opening: The Comcast Holiday Spectacular

(Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

A festive musical journey through Philadelphia scenes delights visitors in this free 15-minute video experience inside the Comcast Center lobby…

Deck the Hall Light Show at City Hall

(Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Multiple free shows decorate the western facade of City Hall nightly for captivating performances timed with cheerful holiday tunes…

Winter at Dilworth Park

(Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Take a spin on the ice rink in the shadow of City Hall, cozy up in the cabin or stroll through the enchanted Wintergarden at this seasonal attraction…

West Chester Griswolds

(Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Plummer family of West Chester take cues from the hilarious Griswold family of the popular National Lampoon movies with more than 100,000 lights on their home…

Scene from The Comcast Holiday Spectacular in Philadelphia
Debuting for the season on Thursday, The Comcast Holiday Spectacular in The Comcast Center’s lobby combines the Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a magical sleigh ride over the city and a sing-along in 15 minutes of free fun. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Santa Express at Dilworth Park

SEPTA and Santa team up for a fun-filled train ride that ends with jolly old St. Nick ice skating with the public in Dilworth Park…

Live Music, Comedy, Theater and Dance

Ongoing Exhibitions

Philly shines bright for the holidays — literally — at spots like the Miracle on 13th Street in South Philadelphia, which opens Saturday. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Opening: Smedley Street Spectacular

(Sat, Sun)

Both the homes and the center median of this deep-South Philly street are decked out each year with lights that welcome visitors from all over…

Live Music, Comedy, Theater and Dance

Gospel on the Plaza at the Kimmel Center

The first of five free gospel performances features Ebenezer Seventh-Day Adventist Church Choir of South Philadelphia, treating audiences to soulful Christmas sounds…

The Philly POPS perform at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia
The Philly Pops join artists Tituss Burgess, Mandy Gonzalez and more at The Met Philadelphia for two shows on Sunday. (A Philly POPS Christmas: Spectacular Sounds of the Season | Photo courtesy the Philly POPS)

Media Christmas Parade

A fun run, block party and costume contest are part of this full day of fun, all leading up to the big Christmas Parade with Santa at 5 p.m…

Live Music, Comedy, Theater and Dance

Neighborhoods

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